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Let's Talk Jackson: Jackson, Mississippi

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Conversations from the Capital City and beyond! Tune in every other week to hear the stories of Mississippi’s artists, activists, entrepreneurs, musicians, and more!

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Conversations from the Capital City and beyond! Tune in every other week to hear the stories of Mississippi’s artists, activists, entrepreneurs, musicians, and more!

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Macy!

By RelNiss - Oct 21 2018
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So cool to hear about the Institute of Southern Jewish Life on this pod.

Great podcast

By Merich Ayrd - Nov 01 2015
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This is a wonderful podcast that showcases the people and culture of Jackson.

iTunes Ratings

13 Ratings
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Macy!

By RelNiss - Oct 21 2018
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So cool to hear about the Institute of Southern Jewish Life on this pod.

Great podcast

By Merich Ayrd - Nov 01 2015
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This is a wonderful podcast that showcases the people and culture of Jackson.
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Let's Talk Jackson: Jackson, Mississippi

Latest release on Jun 04, 2020

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Conversations from the Capital City and beyond! Tune in every other week to hear the stories of Mississippi’s artists, activists, entrepreneurs, musicians, and more!

Rank #1: 7x10 Angie Thomas

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In this episode of Let’s Talk Jackson, JFP Editor-in-Chief Donna Ladd talks with New York Times bestselling author -- and Jacksonian -- Angie Thomas.

Angie grew up in Georgetown, not far from the house where Medgar Evers was assassinated in 1963, and bases some of her fiction on the violence and changes she witnessed growing up.

She earned a BFA from Belhaven University, where she began work on her debut novel, "The Hate U Give,” which is still on the bestseller list and is now a major motion picture. Her second novel, "On the Come Up," was released this spring and is also a bestseller.

Angie Thomas: https://angiethomas.com/

This episode is brought to you by the Center for Art & Public Exchange at the Mississippi Museum of Art. More at http://museumcape.org/.

Jul 24 2019

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Rank #2: 5X01 Mississippi Civil Rights Museum

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5X01 Mississippi Civil Rights Museum by Jackson Free Press

Jun 28 2018

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Rank #3: 7x06 Rukia Lumumba

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In this episode of Let's Talk Jackson, Donna Ladd sits down with Rukia Lumumba for a wide-ranging discussion on criminal justice and solutions to crime and violence. Perhaps best known locally for her work on her brother's successful mayoral campaign, Rukia Lumumba is a Howard-educated attorney and executive director of the People's Advocacy Institute, a non-profit dedicated to finding community-driven solutions to crime.

http://www.peoplesadvocacyinstitute.com/ http://solutions.jacksonfreepress.com/

May 29 2019

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Rank #4: 2X19 Victoria Fortenberry

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2X19 Victoria Fortenberry by Jackson Free Press

Jun 28 2018

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Rank #5: 6X08 Malcolm White

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This episode of Let’s Talk Jackson was hosted and produced by Kourtney Moncure
Guest: Malcolm White
Executive Producer: Beau York
Special Thanks to our Season 6 sponsor, Primos Cafe! Learn how you can have a little taste of Mississippi ready to sweeten up your next celebration at primosbakeshop.com & use the code “LetsTalkCakes” for a special discount now through October 2018.

Aug 27 2018

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Rank #6: 6X05 Yung Jewelz

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Yung Jewelz , The Paid Hipster. Born in Jackson, MS, Yung
Jewelz has made a name for herself in a short period of time
being one of the most talented female artist to come out of MS.
With a different genre of rap, Hipster Music, sometimes less
edgier than hip hop but still embodies that vibe everyone can
Enjoy.

This episode of Let’s Talk Jackson was hosted and produced by Kourtney Moncure
Guest: Yung Jewelz
Executive Producer: Beau York
Special Thanks to our Season 6 sponsor, Primos Cafe! Learn how you can have a little taste of Mississippi ready to sweeten up your next celebration at https://primosbakeshop.com/

Aug 06 2018

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Rank #7: 2X01 Lucky Town Brewing Co.

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2X01 Lucky Town Brewing Co. by Jackson Free Press

Jun 27 2018

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Rank #8: 2X10 Kristen Ley

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2X10 Kristen Ley by Jackson Free Press

Jun 27 2018

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Rank #9: 4X01 Chokwe Antar Lumumba (Part 1)

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4X01 Chokwe Antar Lumumba (Part 1) by Jackson Free Press

Jun 28 2018

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Rank #10: 1X11 Visit Mississippi

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1X11 Visit Mississippi by Jackson Free Press

Jun 26 2018

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Rank #11: 1X03 DJ Young Venom

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1X03 DJ Young Venom by Jackson Free Press

Jun 26 2018

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Rank #12: 3X09 Holly Perkins

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3X09 Holly Perkins by Jackson Free Press

Jun 28 2018

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Rank #13: 3X10 Donna Ladd

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3X10 Donna Ladd by Jackson Free Press

Jun 28 2018

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Rank #14: 1X23 Sarah Grace MacInnis

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1X23 Sarah Grace MacInnis by Jackson Free Press

Jun 26 2018

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Rank #15: 4X05 Mississippi Vegan

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4X05 Mississippi Vegan by Jackson Free Press

Jun 28 2018

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Rank #16: 2X07 Kerry Thomas

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2X07 Kerry Thomas by Jackson Free Press

Jun 27 2018

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Rank #17: 3X02 Joshua Powell

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3X02 Joshua Powell by Jackson Free Press

Jun 28 2018

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Rank #18: 1X08 Chef Dan Blumenthal

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1X08 Chef Dan Blumenthal by Jackson Free Press

Jun 26 2018

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Rank #19: 3X03 Tiny JXN

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Jun 28 2018

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Rank #20: 7X01 Benny Ivey (Part 1)

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In the first episode of season 7, Jackson Free Press Editor-in-Chief Donna Ladd interview Benny Ivey, a success businessman who was once a criminal, drug addict and gang leader. Benny tells the first part of his amazing story of growing up in South Jackson into a life of crime and violence, and then eventually out of it again. (Photo by Imani Khayyam for Jackson Free Press.)

Donna's JFP story about Benny Ivey: http://www.jacksonfreepress.com/news/2018/jun/27/brotherhood-destruction-addiction-fueled-journey-h/

Donna's Guardian story about Benny Ivey and white gangs:
https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/apr/05/white-gangs-rise-simon-city-royals-mississippi-chicago

Donna's JFP story about "Undivided" in South Jackson and efforts at violence interruption around the country:
http://www.jacksonfreepress.com/news/2016/apr/20/hunger-live-struggle-interrupt-cycle-violence/

Join the JFP VIP Club to support our journalism and this podcast:
http://www.jfp.ms/vip/

Mar 20 2019

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LTJ 8x04 Timothy Rush - Mississippi Department of Employment Security

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In this special edition of Let’s Talk Jackson, Todd Stauffer spoke with Mr. Timothy Rush, who is Director of Reemployment Assistance at the Mississippi Department of Employment Security. Todd spoke with Mr. Rush about the current state of the MDES system, what they’ve gone through to deal with tens of thousands of suddenly unemployed people, including questions of who is getting federal stimulus dollars and what it means when you get a debit card with no money on it. We recorded the interview via Zoom during a busy day, so please excuse the sound quality.

https://www.mdes.ms.gov/

Jun 04 2020

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LTJ 8x03 Dr. Thomas Dobbs

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In this special edition of Let’s Talk Jackson, state report Nick Judin spoke with Dr. Thomas Dobbs. Dr. Dobbs is leading the public-health response to the COVID-19 crisis, directing the State Department of Health and serving as Gov. Tate Reeves’ chief health adviser on the virus and the state’s attempts to stem its spread.

https://msdh.ms.gov/ https://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/_static/19,19972,161.html

Nick spoke with Dr. Dobbs specifically about the racial disparities that are appearing in the COVID-19 numbers—both the number of cases and the number of deaths, as well as what the Health Department is trying to do about it.

Apr 24 2020

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LTJ 8x02 David Humphreys - COVID-19 Local Business Advice

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Show links:
- https://covid19relief.sba.gov/#/
- https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options/paycheck-protection-program-ppp
- https://www.uschamber.com/report/covid-19-emergency-loans-small-business-guide
- https://www.thecarsonlawgroup.com/
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_BZdKX_Luc

In this special edition of Let’s Talk Jackson, Todd Stauffer talks with David Humphreys, a local attorney with the Carson Law Group who has two decades of commercial law and litigation experience.  David earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of Mississippi School of Law. He also holds a Master’s Degree in Accounting, and Bachelor’s Degrees in both Economics and Business Administration, all from Rhodes College.

We talked about issues that small businesses in Jackson are facing because of the COVID-19 pandemic, including some loans and grants that you can apply for thanks to the CARES Act that passed in late March. We also talked about employment issues, unemployment issues and some legal questions that we’ve been fielding through this trying time.

Apr 05 2020

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8x01 Alesha Judkins

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Alesha Judkins is the State Director for Criminal Justice Reform at Fwd.us, a bipartisan group founded by leaders in the technology and business communities seeking meaningful reform in the areas of immigration and criminal justice.

She spoke with Jackson Free Press editor-in-chief Donna Ladd about the fact that Mississippi has the third highest level of incarceration, and how that’s affecting public safety and crime rates.

https://www.fwd.us/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/alesha-judkins-46a373101/

Feb 11 2020

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LTJ 7x21 Merritt Baria

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Merritt Baria is a 23-year-old political strategist in Mississippi who grew up in Jackson and on the Gulf Coast, and is now living back in the capital city. The daughter of outgoing Mississippi House Minority Leader David Baria, Merritt talks with Donna Ladd about the need for more women to run for office in the state and for strategists to take a wider view of who is a “viable” candidate or not. She plans to help more women, in particular, run for and win office as she did with incoming House Rep. Shanda Yates.

Merritt Baria on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/merritt-baria-73b426a3/

Dec 26 2019

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LTJ 7x20 Mukesh Kumar

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Dr. Mukesh Kumar is an associate professor at Jackson State University who recently finished a two-year stint as the director of planning and development for the City of Jackson. He sat down with Todd Stauffer to discuss his time with the City and both what the discipline of planning can and can't do to improve the quality of life in a place like Jackson.

https://www.jxnplanning.com/ http://www.jsums.edu/planning/

Dec 13 2019

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LTJ 7x19 Arekia Bennett

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Arekia Bennett is Executive Director of Mississippi Votes, which works to get young people involved in voting. Arekia graduated from Bailey Magnet High School and got her bachelors degree in Physics from Jackson State University. While at JSU, she got heavily involved in activism and advocacy, largely around women’s reproductive issues and issues affecting women of color. She spoke with editor-in-chief Donna Ladd about her work in getting young people and people of color engaged in the democratic process.

https://msvotes.org/

Nov 26 2019

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LTJ 7x18 Shanda Yates

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Shanda Yates is a 38-year old attorney and mother who surprised a lot of people this year by winning the Mississippi House seat in district 64 over long-time Republican incumbent Bill Denny. One of Mississippi Democrats only bright spots on election night, Shanda knocked on thousands of doors and focused on issues important to her as a Millennial, a woman, a mother and as a product of public schools. She talked about how it all came together with Jackson Free Press’ editor in chief, Donna Ladd.

https://www.facebook.com/shanda.yates.7

Nov 19 2019

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LTJ 7x17 Karla McCullough

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Dr. Karla McCullough graduated from Callaway High School in Jackson in the mid-1990s and then immediately left the state, getting her undergraduate degree from Tuskegee University in Psychology and a masters in public administration from Auburn University. After having a son and feeling the tug of home, she return to Mississippi, where she got a PhD in Urban Higher Education from Jackson State University. She’s the executive director of the Juanita Simms Doty Foundation, which offers, among other initiatives, the Evers Academy for African American Males, which is a program to inspire young men of color to honor the life and legacy of slain civil rights work Medgar Evers as they interact with a “village” of role models and mentors.

http://jsdfoundation.com/

Oct 31 2019

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LTJPx15 Mike Morgan

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In this episode of Let's Talk Jackson Politics, Donna Ladd speaks with Mike Morgan, Hinds County Supervisor from District 4, who is running as an Independent to retain his seat against Democratic candidate Vern Gavin. He spoke with Donna about his corporate experience at WorldCom and Bomgar Corporation, his transition to politics, his experience as a Hinds County supervisor and what he feels the city and county need going forward.

https://www.facebook.com/MikeMorganforHindsCounty https://www.jacksonfreepress.com/politics/

Oct 29 2019

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LTJ Virgi Lindsey 7x16

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Jackson City Council President Virgi Lindsay is the only woman among Jackson’s elected officials who are facing massive challenges with the capital city’s infrastructure, budget, zoo and loss of residents. In this episode of Let’s Talk Jackson, she spoke candidly about these issues as well as about growing up among rocket scientists, being a woman leader and her time as a Clarion-Ledger reporter back when it won a Pulitzer Prize. She spoke with JFP’s Donna Ladd about the challenges in her ward of the City of Jackson, which extends from her neighborhood Belhaven into parts of west and south Jackson. Here’s Donna.

Virgi Lindsay's City of Jackson page: https://www.jacksonms.gov/index.aspx?nid=531

Oct 16 2019

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LTJ Judy Meredith 7x15

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For Let’s Talk Jackson, I’m Todd Stauffer. In this episode, Donna Ladd spoke with Dr. Judy Meredith, a former TV and radio news reporter and anchor and also a former journalism professor at Jackson State University.

Judy Meredith recently completed a documentary about her husband, called "Who is James Meredith" and she discussed the film, her husband, and her own life and career with Let's Talk Jackson’s Donna Ladd.

Oct 03 2019

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LTJ Art 1x01 - New Symphony of Time

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In this special episode sponsored by the Mississippi Museum or Art, we recorded this podcast in front of a live audience at the Museum on Sept 10th, 2019 as a part of Art Nights, which is sponsored by Baker Donalson.

Our host was Maisie Brown, a Murrah high school senior who recently took a position as Youth Program Director & Communications Associate for the Institute for Democratic Education in America.

Maisie was joined on stage by the Museum's curator of American art, ELIZABETH ABSTON, along with DR. RASHELL SMITH-SPEARS, an associate professor of English Literature at Jackson State University, and JEFFREY CALIEDO, also a senior at Murrah High School, who was crowned the ACT-SO National Champion of Written Poetry by the NAACP for his poem “Igneous.” He wrote and read a poem in response to the Margaret Walker poem, “This is My Century: Black Synthesis of Time” the poem that serves as inspiration for the museum’s new exhibition, title “New Symphony of Time.”

https://msmuseumart.org/index.php/exhibitions/exhibition/new-symphony-of-time

Sep 26 2019

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LTJ 7x14 Jordan Butler

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Jordan Butler is vice president of education and training at Refill Jackson, the non-profit that runs the new Refill Cafe near downtown and Jackson State University.

She visited with JFP publisher Todd Stauffer to talk more about the Refill Jackson workforce development program and this exciting new economic development project for the city.

https://refillcafejackson.com/ https://www.facebook.com/RefillCafeJackson

Sep 19 2019

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LTJ 7x13 Alana Willis

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In this episode of Let’s Talk Jackson, JFP Editor-in-Chief talks to Alana Willis, the younger sister of the late Cedric Willis. Alana talks about her brother’s 12-year false imprisonment from 1994 to 2006 and the effect that had on their family and her as a child. They also discuss Cedric’s recent murder after being free for 13 years. In this emotional podcast, Willis also talks about her own sexual assault as a child. She challenges Jackson residents to do more to prevent violence.

jfp.ms/cedric_willis/

Sep 04 2019

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LTJ 7x12 Dr. Errick Greene

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Dr Errick Greene has been superintendent of the Jackson Public School district for less than a year. He previously served as the Chief of Schools of Tulsa Public Schools in Oklahoma.

Dr. Greene has a doctoral degree in Educational and Organizational Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania; two master’s degrees in Education — one from Trinity University and another from Howard University; and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Howard University.

JPS recently released their strategic plan for improving the grades they receive as a district and working to improve the quality of education provided to what Dr. Greene calls their “scholars.” He spoke with Jackson Free Press Editor-in-Chief Donna Ladd.

JPS: https://www.jackson.k12.ms.us/
JPS Superintendent page: https://www.jackson.k12.ms.us/domain/1252

Photo courtesy Jackson Public Schools

Aug 21 2019

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LTJPx14 Patty Patterson

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In this episode of our special series for the 2019 political season, Donna Ladd spoke with Patty Patterson, who is in the runoff for Hinds County District 5 Supervisor; her opponent is the incumbent, Bobby McGowan.

Patterson graduated from Jackson State University in 1986 with a degree in Business Management; she’s a volunteer on many local boards and causes, as well as the owner of Repurposed Projects, a business that upcycles reclaimed wood into furniture. Her platform focuses on improving roads, improving public safety, funding education and promoting entrepreneurship.

https://www.votepattypatterson.com http://jfp.ms/politics/

Aug 20 2019

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LTJPx13 Vicki Slater

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In this episode in our limited series for for the 2019 political season, Donna Ladd speaks with Vicki Slater, a candidate for the Mississippi House of Representatives in District 56, which serves western Madison County shooting over from Gluckstadt up to Flora; down to a stretch of Hinds County on the west side of Hwy 49, reaching down to Clinton. Slater, an attorney who lives in Madison County, hopes to get through the primary and challenge Phillip Gunn, the incumbent, who also happens to be Speaker of the House.

https://www.facebook.com/SlaterforMississippi http://jfp.ms/politics/

Aug 14 2019

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7x11 Pam Junior

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As Pamela Junior takes over the position as director of both the Mississippi History Museum and the Mississippi Civil Right Museum, she sat down with Donna Ladd to talk about growing up in Jackson, Mississippi, what her experience has been so far teaching history as director of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum—and how the information presented in the Two Museums makes it possible to “meet people where they are” are potential help build a new future for Mississippi.

Museum of Mississippi History: https://mmh.mdah.ms.gov/
Mississippi Civil Rights Museum: https://mcrm.mdah.ms.gov/

This episode is brought to you by the Center for Art & Public Exchange at the Mississippi Museum of Art. More at http://museumcape.org/.

Aug 07 2019

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LTJPx12 Sen Hillman Frazier (Miss. Senate 27)

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In this episode of our special series for the 2019 political season, state reporter Ashton Pittman spoke with Senator Hillman Frazier, who is running for re-election in Mississippi’s 27th district, representing a large part of West Jackson and most of the Clinton area.

Senator Frazier first entered the legislature as a member of the House in 1980; he’s been in the Mississippi Senate since 1993, where he’s the chairman of the Housing committee and vice-chair of Universities and Colleges; he also sits on the Appropriations, Judiciary A and Public Health and Welfare committees, among others.

https://www.facebook.com/htfrazier/ http://jfp.ms/politics/

Aug 04 2019

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iTunes Ratings

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Macy!

By RelNiss - Oct 21 2018
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So cool to hear about the Institute of Southern Jewish Life on this pod.

Great podcast

By Merich Ayrd - Nov 01 2015
Read more
This is a wonderful podcast that showcases the people and culture of Jackson.